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2012 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers: Zack Cozart

Sleeper Report: Breakouts

Zack Cozart – SS – Reds

Cozart spent the offseason recovering from two significant surgeries, trying to get his elbow and ankle to work properly again. He is at 100% now and he is ready to compete for the Cincinnati Reds’ shortstop job with Paul Janish.

zack-cozartCozart was plugged in as the starter in 2011 and played very well in his 11 games before the injury batting .324 and hitting two home runs.

Before his call-up he batted .310 with seven home runs and nine stolen bases in in AAA Louisville with 350 at bats. In 2010 he batted .255 with 17 home runs with 610 at bats.

The pop in his bat is legitimate, although this has often come at the expense of his batting average. His walk rate isn’t that impressive, so his on-base percentage may be low, but with that said he has very solid plate discipline.

Cozart will never be a fantasy stud, but he plays very good defense and therefore will likely be a starter for a long time. With the decent power he has he is a legitimate 20-home-run-threat and that makes him a worthy low pick gamble in this years fantasy baseball draft.

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